The Emergence of a New, Highly Flash-Optimized Tier 1 Storage Platform
As IT leaders become increasingly comfortable leveraging flash as a persistent storage medium for mainstream workloads, they are entering the final evolutionary phase where all-flash arrays (AFAs) become the de facto replacement enterprise storage platform for mixed primary workloads of all types — mission critical and otherwise. In this final phase, the innovative performance, efficiency, simplicity, and flash-optimized design of purpose-built AFAs must be united with the "six nines“ availability and full set of enterprise-class data services needed to manage dense, multitenant environments. This paper examines the emergence of this "new tier 1," highly flash-optimized enterprise storage platform. It also looks at the role of Pure Storage, a top 5 market share holder in the AFA space, in this strategically important market.